This game has been one of the most pleasant surprises this year for me. I love "marines vs aliens" games, and I found out about this game accidentally. In the beginning I was dubious to buy it because of the below-average graphics. In the end, I decided to go ahead thanks to other gamers' reviews, some specialized magazine impressions and that it was on sale for half the price. And what a good decision it was, as Infested Planet is a joy to play. So far I am about 10 hours played, and still having a blast just like the first time.
Let me speak a bit of what this game is about: It is a blend of RTS and Tower-defense genres, though instead of TD's typical waves you have to face a constant stream of dozens of thousands aliens. The key in this game is to control the huge constant flow of enemies with a handful of marines, with the help of quite different loadouts (sniper guns, shotguns, flamethrowers...) and the support of several buildings that add various passive buffs (like health regeneration, grenades for your marines, so on) and active abilities (aerial support, different turrets deployments...).
In order to win, you have to conquer all aliens' nests, which act like some kind of hardpoint bases. Once you destroy one nest, and conquer it, you build one of your bases on top of it. This act gives you points that you can invest on upgrading your marine's arsenal, build support facilities or deploy turrets/mines. These variation lets you try very different tactics and approaches. However, the aliens also gain "evolution" perks when they loose one nest, making them tougher to win. These perks vary from match to match (like the map, which is randomized), but include faster creatures, more range for their turrets, improved poisons and so on.
The difficulty is challenging but fair, and the first campaign's missions make it easier for you to catch the ropes of the game.
There are a few game modes. The first one is the campaign, where you advance by winning somewhat-varied scenarios. While you advance, you will find side-missions which are randomized but belong to three different modes: "Domination", where you have to overcome all nests against difficult odds, "Survival", where you have to survive for a period of time, and "Go-Go faster" where you have a limited time to capture the next nest.
In spite of the campaign looking short so far (I think I will beat it in about 15 hours), there is a lot of replayability, thanks to the different game modes, and weekly challenges where you can compare your performance against other players.
In summary: If you can forget about the graphics, and like "marines vs. aliens" games, you will find in this game a precious little gem that can keep you entertained for 20 hours or more. Recommended!!!!